We’ve been for a long time describing the relationship between a government and its people as social contract, in which the government becomes a ruler because it has received mandate from or is tied with a contract with the people — shortly from ones it represents. Ruling is its job, and that is what the government is paid for. This concept provides people with a right to choose and even dismiss their political leaders according to the positive law endorsed by the parliament as the representatives of the people in the country. Shortly we can say that the government-people relationship is no other than an employee-employer relationship. This kind of relationship has failed to make the government fulfill its obligation because it deteriorates the government’s responsibility, as part of the citizens, to work together with the people in bringing prosperity for all. The large number of corruption cases in the country may serve as an evidence.
We will then discuss different paradigms on the government-people relationship as a model for good governance. This might not be the first study keenly focusing on the equality between the government and the people under the law, however it also presents both as an integrated system. Lastly I would like to offer suitable and implementable principles on good governance from the Islamic point of view. The principles will bring the concept of good governance into reality, help the government rule people and give them real prosperity, and eradicate any immoral cultures like corruption.
Keywords: corruption, good governance, Islamic views
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